Monday, January 10, 2011

Extending the Moment of Silence

On Saturday, Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot. Six people died, including a 9 year old girl. Today, Monday, two days later, there has already been much talk about who is to blame, given the apparent politically charged nature of these acts allegedly committed by Jared Loughner. People on the left are blaming Palin, her crosshairs, and other pundits such as Limbaugh for their angry and violent rhetoric. People on the right are saying Mr. Loughner is the only one to blame, his actions have nothing to do with anyone's rhetoric, and that the left has been just as angry and violent in their rhetoric.

Today President Obama announced a moment of silence at 11am EST. I am calling on all the pundits across the political spectrum to turn this moment of silence into a day of peace and perhaps some real soul searching. In a time when even the smallest private action or statement can be magnified and broadcast across the world, each of us needs to think a little harder about the things we say and do. We have been tearing ourselves and each other apart, and this tragedy seems to me a wake up call. Let's not make this one more battle ground for our personal vendettas and viewpoints. Let's extend this moment of silence into a day of peace and reflection instead; across the airwaves and in our own lives.